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  1. Josh Hamilton won’t make Cactus League debut this week

    Mar 11, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Josh Hamilton — who has been sidelined because of an early-spring calf strain — was on track to make his Cactus League debut this week. It won’t happen. Scioscia was asked again about Hamilton’s status on Tuesday in camp and told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that…

  2. Ervin Santana likely to sign “within the next day or two”

    Mar 11, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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    This particular free agent saga is almost complete. According to beat writer Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-handed starter Ervin Santana is “likely to make a decision on his destination within the next day or two” because he wants to get into a camp as soon as possible to get properly tuned up…

  3. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is the wait almost over? It has been 105 long years since the north…

  4. Francisco Cervelli drawing “lots of trade interest”

    Mar 10, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    George A. King III of the New York Post heard last month that the Yankees might look to deal a catcher before they head back north for Opening Day. That catcher could be Francisco Cervelli. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the 28-year-old Cervelli is drawing “lots of trade interest” from front offices around…

  5. Manny Machado calls $519K salary for 2014 “disappointing”

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $519,000 contract renewal on Monday — standard operating procedure for a pre-arbitration player. The salary is $19,000 more than the major league minimum and Machado also gets a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award in the American League. But he is not celebrating. According…

  6. Zack Greinke might return to Cactus League this week

    Mar 10, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Dodgers camp Monday from MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick … Greinke threw a bullpen session Monday and apparently felt no discomfort in his right calf muscle. He then went through some fielding drills and could pitch in an exhibition game this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, although club officials are…

  7. Chris Sale named Opening Day starter for White Sox

    Mar 10, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed what everyone had already assumed Wednesday, naming ace lefty Chris Sale the club’s Opening Day starter according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Sale, the obvious choice for Ventura, boasts a spectacular 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 in 500 2/3 career major league innings. He tossed…

  8. Cole Hamels will test his sore left shoulder Wednesday by throwing a bullpen session

    Mar 10, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels arrived at the Phillies’ spring training complex last month with tendinitis in his left shoulder and then suffered a setback last Friday. He’s hoping this week will finally bring some amount of progress. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that Hamels is scheduled to toss a bullpen session Wednesday in camp. The ace left-hander had…

  9. Bronson Arroyo aims to return Friday from back injury

    Mar 9, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed last week with a bulging disk in his back, which threatened to steer him to his first-ever 15-day disabled list stint. But recent workouts have it looking like a minor blip. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the veteran right-hander felt “way better” Sunday in Diamondbacks camp after testing…

  10. Dodgers name Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu as the starters for series in Australia

    Mar 9, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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    As speculated last week by MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick … Don Mattingly announced today @ClaytonKersh22 and @HyunJinRyu99 will start in games one and two of the #OpeningSeries, respectively. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 9, 2014 Zack Greinke would have started the second game if not for a calf strain that he is still rehabbing. Kershaw…

  11. Kris Medlen leaves game with right forearm strain

    Mar 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Kris Medlen made an early departure from a Grapefruit League appearance on Sunday against the Mets after appearing to injure his elbow on a pair of consecutive fourth-inning pitches. Medlen grabbed at his throwing elbow following his second-to-last delivery of the game and then skipped to the Braves’ dugout after his final pitch,…

  12. Jon Niese to make Grapefruit League debut Tuesday

    Mar 9, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets left-hander Jon Niese has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Niese came down with some left shoulder soreness at the end of February and was sent to New York for an MRI, but that exam…

  13. Cardinals sign Cuban middle infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract

    Mar 9, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals have agreed to a major league contract with Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s a four-year deal. Diaz will arrive at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida on Monday morning. No word on the financial terms. The Cardinals already have…

  14. White Sox, Mariners have discussed Dayan Viciedo trade

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

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    Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago has the inside word: Although the White Sox are not shopping outfielder Dayan Viciedo, they are listening to other clubs about their interest in the Cuban power hitter. Several major league sources confirmed that the Sox and Mariners have had discussions on a deal that could center around Viciedo. Nick…

  15. Nate Jones made his Cactus League debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Nate Jones said at the end of February that he was completely over the glute strain that he suffered shortly after arriving at spring camp and he proved that on Saturday, delivering a scoreless inning in his 2014 Cactus League debut. Jones allowed a hit and issued a walk, but he also recorded…

  16. Peter Bourjos back in action on Sunday after missing a week with right hamstring tightness

    Mar 9, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Goods news Sunday morning in Cardinals camp. According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Peter Bourjos is back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals after sitting out for seven days with tightness in his right hamstring. Bourjos dealt with chronic leg problems during his…

  17. Astros use private online database called “Ground Control”

    Mar 9, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Evan Drellich has an in-depth feature in the Houston Chronicle about the Astros’ built-from-scratch private online database, which is now being used by the entire baseball operations department to improve scouting, communicating, and decision-making. It’s called “Ground Control,” a play on the Astros’ name. The Indians have a similar database called “DiamondView,” the Red Sox call…

  18. Matt Kemp nearing Cactus League debut

    Mar 9, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Matt Kemp has begun running at full speed and participating in daily outfield drills in Dodgers camp, and he could soon be cleared to become a regular in the club’s Cactus League starting lineups. “We’re seeing him take fly balls, getting jumps,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick on Saturday. “He’s swinging the bat good.…

  19. Jose Abreu making strong impression in White Sox camp

    Mar 9, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

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    Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has just two hits in his first 13 Cactus League at-bats, but one was a double and the other was a home run, and he continues to draw rave reviews in White Sox camp for the patience he’s showing at the plate. Abreu has yet to strike out through five Cactus…

  20. David Wright to make Grapefruit League debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright will make his Grapefruit League debut this Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida against the visiting Cardinals. Wright has been eased into action this spring to minimize injury risk. He missed nearly two months of the 2013 regular season because of…

  21. Manny Machado cleared for lateral fielding work

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Manny Machado continues making steady progress in his recovery from October 14, 2013 knee surgery. Danny Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Machado took side-to-side soft-toss grounders on Wednesday afternoon in Orioles camp without experiencing any issues. It was his first time doing lateral-movement drills since going under the knife. Machado also had a…

  22. Mat Latos throws first bullpen session of spring

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos needed surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. But he took a significant step forward on Wednesday in camp: Mat Latos threw off of the mound for the first time since his left knee surgery on…

  23. Peter Bourjos being hampered by leg tightness

    Mar 5, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Troubling news Wednesday out of Cardinals camp. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Peter Bourjos has been held out of Grapefruit League action since Sunday because of what’s being called a “tight leg.” Bourjos has already been ruled out for Thursday’s Grapefruit League tilt with the Twins and it’s not clear when he might be…

  24. Zack Greinke throws first mound session since calf strain

    Mar 5, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke has already been ruled out for the Dodgers’ season-opening series in Sydney, Australia (March 22-23) due to a mild right calf strain that he suffered on the second-to-last day of February. But the right-hander could be ready to rock for the club’s first game back in the United States. According to MLB.com’s Ken…

  25. Trevor Rosenthal throws first bullpen session since experiencing tightness in right groin

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Good news Sunday out of Cardinals camp, via MLB.com beat reporter Jenifer Langosch … JUPITER, Fla. — After ending Tuesday’s live batting practice early due to tightness in his right groin, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal returned to the mound on Sunday and threw without issue during a 25-pitch bullpen session. The injury was never considered serious,…

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